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Storms bring outages, road closures, large hail to Maryland

Some residents in the Baltimore area remain without power after Tuesday night's storm pummeled the region with strong winds, and in some areas, golf ball-sized hail.

As of 5 p.m. Wednesday, Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. reported 1,600 customers were without power, most of them in Baltimore City and Baltimore and Anne Arundel counties. Delmarva Power reported 1,200 customers still without power in northeastern Harford County and 3,500 outages in Cecil County.

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BGE officials said customers should report outages at BGE.com/reportanoutage or downed wires at 877.778.2222.

The storms produced some of the largest hail ever seen in the state, with hail that fell near Timonium measured at 4 inches in diameter, about the size of a grapefruit, according to the National Weather Service. The largest hail on record in the state was 4.5 inches thick, according to the weather service.

The storms also downed trees across the region, in some cases forcing roadways to close into Wednesday morning.

In Baltimore County, the Beltway reopened Tuesday night after it was closed due to flooding in the Lochearn area. In Baltimore, the Interstate 95 southbound exit 55 for Key Highway reopened after flooding was reported in the area.

But Maryland Transportation Authority officials warned commuters Wednesday morning to watch for fallen trees, branches and other debris that may have fallen during the storms.

Harford County officials said on Twitter that crews had worked to clear nearly a dozen roads late Tuesday night but many still remained closed or partially closed Tuesday morning, including Maryland Route 23 at mile post 20, Maryland Route 623 south at Berkeley Road in Darlington, and Maryland Route 24, just north of Coen Road in Street.

Storms are in the forecast again for Thursday night.

Scott Dance contributed to this report.

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